THE PARALLEL UNIVERSE SURFING™ HYPOTHESIS

PART I: What is “Parallel Universe Surfing™”?

By G.A.P.man

Many people believe that a person’s thoughts and what they mentally visualize can actually affect or even determine what happens in the person’s life. When the ideation is positive, it is often called “positive thinking” or “positive visualization”. Conversely, negative thinking or negative visualization, many believe, will bring into reality negative outcomes or effects.

Some people accept power of visualization as a fact, and believe in its effectiveness without question. Others, consider the whole notion as nonsense, and scoff at people who believe otherwise.

In my experience of over forty years of asking people about their opinion on the subject, virtually everyone I’ve queried has reported that they have experienced or have observed at least some kind of relationship between positive/negative thinking and positive/negative outcomes of situations. While most of the data I have accumulated in response to my inquiries regarding the subject have been anecdotal, and hardly scientific, numerous scientific studies have revealed that positive thinking and positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being. On the other hand, numerous rigorous studies have shown that chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and other maladies.

A PHENOMENON, A PHILOSOPHY, AND RELATED TECHNIQUES TO OPTIMIZE THE PROBABILITY OF MANIFESTING DESIRED OUTCOMES

PART I:

What is “Parallel Universe Surfing™”?

By G.A.P.man

Many people believe that a person’s thoughts and what they mentally visualize can actually affect or even determine what happens in the person’s life. When the ideation is positive, it is often called “positive thinking” or “positive visualization”. Conversely, negative thinking or negative visualization, many believe, will bring into reality negative outcomes or effects.

Some people accept power of visualization as a fact, and believe in its effectiveness without question. Others, consider the whole notion as nonsense, and scoff at people who believe otherwise.

In my experience of over forty years of asking people about their opinion on the subject, virtually everyone I’ve queried has reported that they have experienced or have observed at least some kind of relationship between positive/negative thinking and positive/negative outcomes of situations. While most of the data I have accumulated in response to my inquiries regarding the subject have been anecdotal, and hardly scientific, numerous scientific studies have revealed that positive thinking and positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being. On the other hand, numerous rigorous studies have shown that chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, cancer and other maladies.

In one review of thirty studies on happiness and longevity, for example, Dutch sociologist Ruut Veenhoven found that happiness appears to protect against illness. (See Journal of Happiness Studies September 2008, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 449-469) Veenoven summarized his findings as follows “[H]appiness does not cure illness but it does protect against becoming ill. The effect of happiness on longevity in healthy populations is remarkably strong. The size of the effect is comparable to that of smoking or not.” (Id., page 449.)

Additionally, numerous other scientific studies have shown remarkable correlations between improved levels of athletic performance and prior visualization of the performance by the athlete prior to the commencement of the athletic performance.

While I have long believed that there is indeed a causative connection between positive visualizations and beliefs and positive outcomes and, correspondingly, between negative visualization and beliefs and negative outcomes, as an attorney and scientist, I have also wanted to know why and how such a connection, if its real, exists and functions. If the phenomenon is indeed real, I wanted to know just how, mechanistically, positive thinking could possibly affect extrinsic outcomes. My interest in the subject also led me to the thought that if there really are extrinsic effects of visualization, then understanding how the process is effectuated could provide clues as to how to make it work better.

In one review of thirty studies on happiness and longevity, for example, Dutch sociologist Ruut Veenhoven found that happiness appears to protect against illness. (See Journal of Happiness Studies September 2008, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 449-469) Veenoven summarized his findings as follows “[H]appiness does not cure illness but it does protect against becoming ill. The effect of happiness on longevity in healthy populations is remarkably strong. The size of the effect is comparable to that of smoking or not.” (Id., page 449.)

Additionally, numerous other scientific studies have shown remarkable correlations between improved levels of athletic performance and prior visualization of the performance by the athlete prior to the commencement of the athletic performance.

While I have long believed that there is indeed a causative connection between positive visualizations and beliefs and positive outcomes and, correspondingly, between negative visualization and beliefs and negative outcomes, as an attorney and scientist, I have also wanted to know why and how such a connection, if its real, exists and functions. If the phenomenon is indeed real, I wanted to know just how, mechanistically, positive thinking could possibly affect extrinsic outcomes. My interest in the subject also led me to the thought that if there really are extrinsic effects of visualization, then understanding how the process is effectuated could provide clues as to how to make it work better.

The pursuit of an explanation of why and how positive thinking works has led me to the discovery of a remarkable phenomenon I call “Parallel Universe Surfing™”. Parallel Universe Surfing™ is, in both the simplest and most fantastical terms, what I believe we all do when we engage an evolutionarily acquired ability we all have to move our consciousness across parallel universes in order to increase the probability that our consciousness will end up in a universe where the desired outcome is manifest. While I know the concept stated above may seem outrageously absurd, I am hopeful that after you have read this introduction, my hypothesis involving human consciousness “surfing” across parallel universes as part of the explanation of why positive thinking “works”, may not seem as far-fetched as it does on first blush.

Moreover, I am hopeful that you will also be motivated to explore the philosophy and techniques I have developed to enhance a person’s ability to Parallel Universe Surf through the use of a combination of visualization techniques and the acquisition of knowledge that enhances the level of certainty that a visualized outcome is both rationally attainable and morally deserved. I have found that such techniques enhance a person’s ability to manifest outcomes of all types, including, for example the attainment of health, social, educational, and financial goals.

The pursuit of an explanation of why and how positive thinking works has led me to the discovery of a remarkable phenomenon I call “Parallel Universe Surfing™”. Parallel Universe Surfing™ is, in both the simplest and most fantastical terms, what I believe we all do when we engage an evolutionarily acquired ability we all have to move our consciousness across parallel universes in order to increase the probability that our consciousness will end up in a universe where the desired outcome is manifest. While I know the concept stated above may seem outrageously absurd, I am hopeful that after you have read this introduction, my hypothesis involving human consciousness “surfing” across parallel universes as part of the explanation of why positive thinking “works”, may not seem as far-fetched as it does on first blush.

Moreover, I am hopeful that you will also be motivated to explore the philosophy and techniques I have developed to enhance a person’s ability to Parallel Universe Surf through the use of a combination of visualization techniques and the acquisition of knowledge that enhances the level of certainty that a visualized outcome is both rationally attainable and morally deserved. I have found that such techniques enhance a person’s ability to manifest outcomes of all types, including, for example the attainment of health, social, educational, and financial goals.

The Basis Of The Parallel Universe Surfing™ Hypothesis

The philosophical basis of Parallel Universe Surfing™ is rooted in large part in one of science’s most important and fundamental theories, quantum theory, which is also known as quantum mechanics. Quantum theory suggests that the behavior of matter and energy is inherently probabilistic and that the effect of the observer on the physical system being observed must be understood as a part of that system.

While quantum theory has been rigorously tested for nearly a century and has, to date, successfully withstood literally every challenge, physicists and philosophers have quarreled over its interpretation since its inception in the 1920s. One widely- held interpretation of quantum theory is known as the “many-worlds interpretation”. This interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual “world” (or “universe”). Remarkably, this means, in effect, that if the many worlds interpretation is correct, anything that could possibly exist, does exist.

Many who favor the many worlds interpretation, including myself, believe that this interpretation accurately describes reality as a “Multiverse” composed of an infinite number of universes. But despite the existence of the Multiverse, we only consciously experience what is, or appears to be, a single and unitary universe.

I first learned about the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory when I was a graduate student studying molecular biology. I was simply fascinated by the concept and by the fact that a large number of physicists believe that we exist in a Multiverse comprised of an infinite number of parallel universes. I wondered if the interpretation was correct, and there really were separate parallel universes corresponding to each and every event outcome, would there be any tangible real world impact on our lives? After all, every atom in our body, including every atom in every brain cell, operates in accordance with quantum mechanical theory.

Those initial thoughts set me on what has since been an amazing journey. That journey has shown me that not only would there likely be real, tangible and demonstrable effects if the Multiverse is real, but that such effects could provide explanations for a number of heretofore unexplained human phenomena, such as correlation between human performance outcomes and positive or negative visualizations. This was because I realized that if the Multiverse is real, then we, and our brains, evolved in an environment that is also in the Multiverse. And if that is the case, it is not entirely unreasonable to speculate that the evolutionary process would be adaptive to the many worlds character of the environment in which we evolved. What I call Parallel Universe Surfing™ is the process that results from a hypothesized mechanism by which such exploitation of the Multiverse environment occurs in our brains. (The aforementioned hypothesized mechanism is discussed in detail in my book “Parallel Universe Surfing™, The Universe Surfer’s Guide To The Multiverse” (“Parallel Universe Surfing™”) and which will be generally explained in a subsequent part to be posted on this website.)

The Basis Of The Parallel Universe Surfing™ Hypothesis

The philosophical basis of Parallel Universe Surfing™ is rooted in large part in one of science’s most important and fundamental theories, quantum theory, which is also known as quantum mechanics. Quantum theory suggests that the behavior of matter and energy is inherently probabilistic and that the effect of the observer on the physical system being observed must be understood as a part of that system.

While quantum theory has been rigorously tested for nearly a century and has, to date, successfully withstood literally every challenge, physicists and philosophers have quarreled over its interpretation since its inception in the 1920s. One widely- held interpretation of quantum theory is known as the “many-worlds interpretation”. This interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an actual “world” (or “universe”). Remarkably, this means, in effect, that if the many worlds interpretation is correct, anything that could possibly exist, does exist.

Many who favor the many worlds interpretation, including myself, believe that this interpretation accurately describes reality as a “Multiverse” composed of an infinite number of universes. But despite the existence of the Multiverse, we only consciously experience what is, or appears to be, a single and unitary universe.

I first learned about the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory when I was a graduate student studying molecular biology. I was simply fascinated by the concept and by the fact that a large number of physicists believe that we exist in a Multiverse comprised of an infinite number of parallel universes. I wondered if the interpretation was correct, and there really were separate parallel universes corresponding to each and every event outcome, would there be any tangible real world impact on our lives? After all, every atom in our body, including every atom in every brain cell, operates in accordance with quantum mechanical theory.

Those initial thoughts set me on what has since been an amazing journey. That journey has shown me that not only would there likely be real, tangible and demonstrable effects if the Multiverse is real, but that such effects could provide explanations for a number of heretofore unexplained human phenomena, such as correlation between human performance outcomes and positive or negative visualizations. This was because I realized that if the Multiverse is real, then we, and our brains, evolved in an environment that is also in the Multiverse. And if that is the case, it is not entirely unreasonable to speculate that the evolutionary process would be adaptive to the many worlds character of the environment in which we evolved. What I call Parallel Universe Surfing™ is the process that results from a hypothesized mechanism by which such exploitation of the Multiverse environment occurs in our brains. (The aforementioned hypothesized mechanism is discussed in detail in my book “Parallel Universe Surfing™, The Universe Surfer’s Guide To The Multiverse” (“Parallel Universe Surfing™”) and which will be generally explained in a subsequent part to be posted on this website.)

Paralleling my interest in parallel universes (pun intended) has been another intense curiosity. The question of what is consciousness. To date, despite the efforts of some of the world’s greatest minds, there simply is no real understanding of, let alone any workable theory explaining, consciousness. While the vast majority of neuroscientists believe that consciousness is somehow emergent from the functioning of the brain, more than a few scientists have begun to question whether consciousness is totally in the brain, or at least within the three-dimensional brain. Some scientists and others are now seriously considering the possibility that consciousness might somehow not be exclusively located in the brain. Even more radical views suggest that our consciousness may not be exclusively located in the physical world as we know it.

For many years I was quite uncomfortable with the notion that my consciousness could somehow not be located between my ears. The thought, frankly, seemed kind of creepy to me. But given the fact that to date all of the efforts and techniques of modern science have not effectively produced any real insight into how you and I know you and I are you and me, I thought that there is a growing possibility that the answer may be eluding traditional three special dimensional scientific inquiry because consciousness is somehow not entirely emergent from three-dimensional matter. Essentially consciousness might well be in, or affect, three special dimensional objects, such as neurons, but be caused by, or mostly resident in, another dimension.

Paralleling my interest in parallel universes (pun intended) has been another intense curiosity. The question of what is consciousness. To date, despite the efforts of some of the world’s greatest minds, there simply is no real understanding of, let alone any workable theory explaining, consciousness. While the vast majority of neuroscientists believe that consciousness is somehow emergent from the functioning of the brain, more than a few scientists have begun to question whether consciousness is totally in the brain, or at least within the three-dimensional brain. Some scientists and others are now seriously considering the possibility that consciousness might somehow not be exclusively located in the brain. Even more radical views suggest that our consciousness may not be exclusively located in the physical world as we know it.

For many years I was quite uncomfortable with the notion that my consciousness could somehow not be located between my ears. The thought, frankly, seemed kind of creepy to me. But given the fact that to date all of the efforts and techniques of modern science have not effectively produced any real insight into how you and I know you and I are you and me, I thought that there is a growing possibility that the answer may be eluding traditional three special dimensional scientific inquiry because consciousness is somehow not entirely emergent from three-dimensional matter. Essentially consciousness might well be in, or affect, three special dimensional objects, such as neurons, but be caused by, or mostly resident in, another dimension.

In the 1980s I became aware of a “theory of everything” that has since been called “string theory” or “M theory”. The theory attracted my attention for a number of reasons. First, because it elegantly resolved and, in fact, harmonized desperate and incompatible parts of quantum theory and Einsteinian relativity.

But because M-Theory postulates the existence of eight additional special dimensions in addition to the three special dimensions of height, width and depth, I realized that spatial dimensions in additional to the three we are used to, may not be as far-fetched as I once thought they might be.

I wondered if it might be possible that the mystery of where consciousness “is” might be solved, at least in part, if it is viewed as a phenomenon that is mostly in one or more spatial dimensions other than the three we are accustomed to, and that it is in effect being bridged by, or leaked into, the human brain from such other dimension(s). The concept seemed pretty wild until I read a book authored by prominent particle physicist Lisa Randall.

Warped Passages
by Lisa Randall

In her book, “Warped Passages ”, Randall tackles a fundamental problem that has long plagued cosmologists and particle physicists, the problem of why gravity is so much less powerful than the other fundamental forces of nature (the electromagnetic force, and the strong and weak nuclear forces). All of the three non-gravity forces are about the same in terms of relative force to each other. But the force of gravity is a million, million, million times weaker than the other forces.

In the 1980s I became aware of a “theory of everything” that has since been called “string theory” or “M theory”. The theory attracted my attention for a number of reasons. First, because it elegantly resolved and, in fact, harmonized desperate and incompatible parts of quantum theory and Einsteinian relativity.

But because M-Theory postulates the existence of eight additional special dimensions in addition to the three special dimensions of height, width and depth, I realized that spatial dimensions in additional to the three we are used to, may not be as far-fetched as I once thought they might be.

I wondered if it might be possible that the mystery of where consciousness “is” might be solved, at least in part, if it is viewed as a phenomenon that is mostly in one or more spatial dimensions other than the three we are accustomed to, and that it is in effect being bridged by, or leaked into, the human brain from such other dimension(s). The concept seemed pretty wild until I read a book authored by prominent particle physicist Lisa Randall.

Warped Passages
by Lisa Randall

In her book, “Warped Passages ”, Randall tackles a fundamental problem that has long plagued cosmologists and particle physicists, the problem of why gravity is so much less powerful than the other fundamental forces of nature (the electromagnetic force, and the strong and weak nuclear forces). All of the three non-gravity forces are about the same in terms of relative force to each other. But the force of gravity is a million, million, million times weaker than the other forces.

THE MANDELA EFFECT

Most people do not notice gravity’s extraordinary weakness compared to the other forces. This is most likely because gravity seems pretty powerful, especially when one is at risk of falling from an elevated place. But gravity’s force is dependent on mass. The more mass, the stronger the gravitational force. Gravity seems strong to us because the mass of our body is subjected to the gravitational force exerted by a whole planet’s worth of mass. But even a small magnet like the type that holds paper notes on a refrigerator door can battle the force of gravity exerted by the Earth and pick up a metal paperclip from the ground. By doing so the magnet exerts a tiny bit of electromagnetic force, but that is still enough to overcome the whole of Earth’s gravitational force.

The asymmetry of the strength of gravity versus the other forces is so gigantic that it has seemed downright odd to many scientists, including Randall, who sought an explanation. Well according to Randall, the explanation is that gravity is just as strong as the other forces, but we only get a tiny bit of gravity’s force. This is because, according to Randall, gravity’s force is mostly located in a spatial dimension other than the three spatial dimensions of height, width and depth with which we are all accustomed. Specifically, she hypothesizes that gravity is, essentially “leaking” from the another dimension. The idea reminded me, of course, of my idea that consciousness maybe mostly in another dimension not comprising the height, width or depth.

Now, if string theory and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics are both correct, then we, and our brains, are living in an eleven spatial dimensional Multiverse. And if it is not entirely outrageous to conceive of something, like gravity, being mostly resident in a spatial dimension other than the three we are familiar with, then is it not at least inconceivable that our consciousness, like Randall’s formulation of gravity, may be mostly in a dimension other than the three spatial dimensions with which we are familiar.

Once I entertained the possibility that our consciousness might be mostly resident in one or more spatial dimensions other than the three with which we are familiar, I realized that this might not only explain why it has been difficult to locate human consciousness by traditional scientific means, but it might also provide a basis for a hypothesis explaining how visualization might actually be related to the apparent extrinsic manifestation of a desired outcome.

THE MANDELA EFFECT

Most people do not notice gravity’s extraordinary weakness compared to the other forces. This is most likely because gravity seems pretty powerful, especially when one is at risk of falling from an elevated place. But gravity’s force is dependent on mass. The more mass, the stronger the gravitational force. Gravity seems strong to us because the mass of our body is subjected to the gravitational force exerted by a whole planet’s worth of mass. But even a small magnet like the type that holds paper notes on a refrigerator door can battle the force of gravity exerted by the Earth and pick up a metal paperclip from the ground. By doing so the magnet exerts a tiny bit of electromagnetic force, but that is still enough to overcome the whole of Earth’s gravitational force.

The asymmetry of the strength of gravity versus the other forces is so gigantic that it has seemed downright odd to many scientists, including Randall, who sought an explanation. Well according to Randall, the explanation is that gravity is just as strong as the other forces, but we only get a tiny bit of gravity’s force. This is because, according to Randall, gravity’s force is mostly located in a spatial dimension other than the three spatial dimensions of height, width and depth with which we are all accustomed. Specifically, she hypothesizes that gravity is, essentially “leaking” from the another dimension. The idea reminded me, of course, of my idea that consciousness maybe mostly in another dimension not comprising the height, width or depth.

Now, if string theory and the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics are both correct, then we, and our brains, are living in an eleven spatial dimensional Multiverse. And if it is not entirely outrageous to conceive of something, like gravity, being mostly resident in a spatial dimension other than the three we are familiar with, then is it not at least inconceivable that our consciousness, like Randall’s formulation of gravity, may be mostly in a dimension other than the three spatial dimensions with which we are familiar.

Once I entertained the possibility that our consciousness might be mostly resident in one or more spatial dimensions other than the three with which we are familiar, I realized that this might not only explain why it has been difficult to locate human consciousness by traditional scientific means, but it might also provide a basis for a hypothesis explaining how visualization might actually be related to the apparent extrinsic manifestation of a desired outcome.

Therefore, I conclude PART I, and leave you with the following general overview of the Parallel Universe Surfing™ hypothesis, which is where we will continue in PART II:

If human consciousness is primarily resident in one or more spatial dimensions not comprising height, width or depth (such as, for example, one or more of the additional dimensions postulated by string theory), and if the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory is correct, then:

  •  human consciousness influences Parallel Universe Surfing™ mechanisms in the brain* through and in association with the subject’s use of visualization and “confident certainty”*; and
  •  a subject human being’s consciousness is enabled to “universe surf” (akin to television channel surfing) across parallel universes to a set of parallel universes in which the visualized outcome or something “on the way there”* is manifested.

This mechanism has evolved to provide humans with the ability to better exploit their environment, which, if the many worlds interpretation is correct, is an environment that occupies a large number of parallel universes in the Multiverse‡ . The evolved mechanism functions to, in effect, take the person (or more accurately, the person’s consciousness) to a set of parallel universes (interpreted by the persons brain as a unitary universe*) containing the visualized characteristic(s) or outcome(s). General use of this ability by humans may explain why many persons report that they seem to have manifested one or more outcomes or environmental conditions that are consistent with that or those which he or she had previously visualized.

*These concepts will be addressed in PART II of this article that will be posted on this Universe Surfing™ website. They are also discussed in detail in my book “Parallel Universe Surfing™, The Universe Surfer’s Guide To The Multiverse”.

‡It should not be surprising, and we should expect, that natural selection and other evolutionary effects should apply to the evolution of species in a Multiverse environment if the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory is correct.

Therefore, I conclude PART I, and leave you with the following general overview of the Parallel Universe Surfing™ hypothesis, which is where we will continue in PART II:

If human consciousness is primarily resident in one or more spatial dimensions not comprising height, width or depth (such as, for example, one or more of the additional dimensions postulated by string theory), and if the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory is correct, then:

  •  human consciousness influences Parallel Universe Surfing™ mechanisms in the brain* through and in association with the subject’s use of visualization and “confident certainty”*; and
  •  a subject human being’s consciousness is enabled to “universe surf” (akin to television channel surfing) across parallel universes to a set of parallel universes in which the visualized outcome or something “on the way there”* is manifested.

This mechanism has evolved to provide humans with the ability to better exploit their environment, which, if the many worlds interpretation is correct, is an environment that occupies a large number of parallel universes in the Multiverse‡ . The evolved mechanism functions to, in effect, take the person (or more accurately, the person’s consciousness) to a set of parallel universes (interpreted by the persons brain as a unitary universe*) containing the visualized characteristic(s) or outcome(s). General use of this ability by humans may explain why many persons report that they seem to have manifested one or more outcomes or environmental conditions that are consistent with that or those which he or she had previously visualized.

*These concepts will be addressed in PART II of this article that will be posted on this Universe Surfing™ website. They are also discussed in detail in my book “Parallel Universe Surfing™, The Universe Surfer’s Guide To The Multiverse”.

‡It should not be surprising, and we should expect, that natural selection and other evolutionary effects should apply to the evolution of species in a Multiverse environment if the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory is correct.